Strongsville Teachers File 10-Day Strike Notice

Schools will stay open, superintendent says


The Strongsville Education Association has filed a 10-day strike notice, which means that unless a contract settlement is reached by March 3, teachers intend to strike on March 4.

Superintendent John Krupinski, in a statement released Thursday afternoon, said the district is preparing for a strike. 

“The board and I are extremely disappointed that the teachers’ union has decided to take this action. We are still in negotiations and hope that a strike can be averted,” Krupinski said in the statement. “The board continues to negotiate in good faith. We presented a contract proposal that reflected the economic realities of these difficult fiscal times.”

Todd Jaeck, spokesman for the Ohio Education Association, said the strike notice is a formal action filed with the State Employment Relations Board that warns school officials of teachers' intentions.  

Strongsville teachers will vote by secret ballot March 3 whether to strike on March 4, Jaeck said.

"There will be a strike on March 4 unless a settlement is reached," he said.

If there is a strike, schools will stay open, Krupinski said.

“We will keep the community informed as the mediation process continues, including preparations for a teachers' strike," Krupinski said. "We will ensure that our schools remain open and are a safe learning environment with qualified teachers in place. We have started the process to make a smooth and orderly transition to a substitute teaching team.”

Teachers have staged two protests at School Board meetings, charging that the district is not offering teachers a fair contract.

The SEA has scheduled a press conference for 6:15 tonight to discuss details of the strike plan. 

Krupinski encouraged residents to contact the district with comments and questions through the schools' website.



lyn February 23, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Myron- You are absolutely correct. And there are many underemployed people out there working at jobs that they are overqualified, and making much less than they did before. They may have lost their job or taken another type job. And just because they may have a college degree or more, that does not mean they will be paid accordingly.
T Jefferson February 23, 2013 at 04:17 PM
To Myron Shibley I like the way you think, and more of your comments are welcomed. I think you “get-it”, that is, if you want to control the dog, you attack the head and not go after the tail. Your comment – “They (the unions) spend more freaking time contributing to Democratic Party, making sure you can't fire a bad teacher and halting any charter school from opening than they do on YOU and YOUR STUDENTS.” - Unions (at the national, state, and local levels combined) collected an estimated $14 billion in dues alone every year, and more than half of the income comes from government workers. That’s more revenues than 65% of the Fortune 500 companies, giving unions huge money to spend on politics – almost all of which goes to the Democrats. Your comment - “Unions don't care about kids or their performance...they care about dues.” There was a higher up official who served as the head of the American Federation of Teachers from 1974-97 who was credited with saying: “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of schoolchildren.” The quote hammers home the union’s sole function is to represent the members, not to work toward goals that may be in our nation’s (or children’s) best interest. The mindless mantra of unionism from the teachers in our school systems – you would think that these people with bachelors and masters degrees would know better and be able to think for themselves.
Myron Shibley February 23, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Thank you Jefferson. At least they AFT leader that you quoted was honest. I'll give him that. At least he lets you know that unless he's being paid to care...he doesn't. I would at least respect the teachers union leaders for their honesty if they just said that up front instead of trying to parade a bunch of kids around and use them as props to get their demands met. This is ridiculous. How many times are we as a public going to fall for the same crap? How many hidden union leader videos where they are "caught on tape" admitting their greed do we need to see before we finally connect the dots and say, hey, maybe these guys aren't in it for the kids. Let them strike. Unless they are striking oil, there still won't be any money to pay their outrageous benefits. I don't think you will see a school levy pass in sville for a very long time....or until we eradicate the infestation of unions.
FedUp February 23, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Also, every high school teacher gets minimum of one planning period per day. They no longer prepare tests because they are now computer generated and most teachers no longer send the test home, only the answer sheet, because they use the same test year after year after year.
FedUp February 23, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Actually, Buckeye has lowered some of the 2011 salaries - I am unsure where they get their information from but there is a teacher who's salary was bumped up over $100,000 after receiving a masters degree but lo and behold - it mysteriously was reduced back to the 2010 salary - and since I know this person - I know there was a substantial increase.
FedUp February 23, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Here's something totally off topic - what about that $60.00 per student "instructional fee" the district charges to help offset their costs. Does anyone realize that an instruction fee can ONLY be charged if it is in direct correlation to something being taught in the classroom. It is NOT legal for the district to charge this fee to cover the cost of preparing report cards and/or copy fees...but yet, everyone pays it! I think we have succumb to doing what the district tells us to do and I think people are sick of it.
FedUp February 23, 2013 at 08:53 PM
You make it sound like it's an either or situation and it's not. Our teachers are in no way underpaid OR underprivileged.
Private school mom February 24, 2013 at 06:00 PM
We pulled our kids out of the strongsville schools and we were not alone' 4 other families did the same thing just from my son's class! Now we are paying for private and it is worth every last dime! The majority of teachers that were at our strongsville school were just buying their time to retire, some getting their masters while missing class time to do it with a different sub every day of the week! Getting their knee replacement and other surgeries done the beginning of the school year for 4 years in a row, again different subs every day! Where is the caring for the kids! What about that summer break, especially when we are told this is a crucial year for learning math ! Maybe the teachers should talk to a private school teacher and see what a passion for teaching looks like and ask them how much they are getting paid!!
mamma February 24, 2013 at 07:38 PM
So, if I understand you correctly, you want your child to attend school in the summer for learning math?(I have no problem with year-round schooling) Also, I'm not sure where the Strongsville teachers get the Master's degrees, but when I got mine, I attended classes two nights/week for two years, plus 3 summers. In addition, I guess I am one of those "old" teachers. I scheduled my knee replacement during the last nine weeks of a school year so that I would be fully prepared for the rigors of the next school year. (I didn't miss a day of work the next year). However, I hand-picked my sub. She was also at my home every Thursday night to work on lesson plans together. When it was time for report card, she was at my home again and we worked on them together. I'm pretty sure that when I retire in a couple years, the private school teacher will be waiting in line for the public school job.
SHSStudent February 24, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Teachers are the foundations of our futures and truly deserve best. I am 100% on their side as Strongsville City Schools teachers have taught me so well over the last 10 years (currently on my 11th). I have learned far more than just the subjects they teach. I have learned life lessons and wouldn't be near where I am today without my teachers, and I think that can be said for most of us. They go way above and beyond their requirements as they do what they do all for us. The teachers in our district have always been there no matter what, and they hold you up when you can't do it yourself. The teachers have a passion for what they are doing and deserve best. " It takes a special person to light that fire, to raise our children's expectations for themselves and never give up on them, no matter how challenging they might be. All of us are here because, at some point, somebody did that for us."
Al Sharptonski February 24, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I'm glad you had good teachers that you admire. My question for you is your point of the teachers "deserving" the best. In my world, which I like to think of as the real world, having a pension system substantially funded by other tax payers, paying absolute bare minimum healthcare costs, not contributing to social security, but taking out of the pot when they retire...and to top it off...having a system in place that prevents true performance evaluation for your job performance, pretty much guaranteeing that if you make it to a certain number of years, your good for life...well, to me Kathleen, life really doesn't get much better than that. I'd like to know what exactly is unfair about what they have going for them? I saw another post on here that makes my point. The true problem is that teachers and other public employees have been getting away with using taxpayer funds to pay for things (their pensions/healthcare) that they know are not fair, and now that the money is gone and they are talking of pulling the plug, they are throwing a fit because the free ride might come to an end.
lyn February 24, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Kathleen- I'm glad you like your teachers. But the BOE needs to be responsible with the funds available. Just because the teachers want, does not mean the money is there, and it should not come at the expense of the kids either.
Jean Williams February 24, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Kathleen just to keep this simple lets say you worked at a ice cream store and made 10.00 an hour and worked 40 hours a week or 400.00 per week and the ice cream store has fallen on hard times due to the economy and only brings in 700.00 per week but after supplies and utilities they are left with 410.00 which 400.00 goes to you leaving the store a 10.00 reserve now you go to them and ask for just a 5% raise (20.00) or you will go on strike what is the ice cream stores option in this case
sville senior February 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM
jean that was very clear and easy to understand what the board is going through. I think that was a good point
charles walton February 25, 2013 at 01:59 AM
are the teachers asking for a raise?
Private school mom February 25, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Mamma, the teachers at my children's school have been teaching there for years, in fact some of them have been there over 30 years! I don't understand your comment on math in the summer, but my point was the teacher didn't care about hand picking her sub like you would, it sad that there is no system in place to weed out the teachers that have lost their passion and don't care anymore and reward the teachers that deserve it!! Btw the teacher who had to finish her masters did it in Az. 2 of the teachers are on the front cover of the strongsville post looking miserable !!!
WJ February 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Are you really that clueless ? Hope you weren't educated in Strongsville. BTW, I am not a teacher nor do I work in the schools.
WJ February 25, 2013 at 01:30 PM
wow. I have to speak up. My wife decided to change careers in mid life and has been teaching for 10 years in Strongsville. She makes just over $50k. That's a great salary but her expenses are much higher than mine are at my job. She takes classes ( we pay for ) every summer. She buys all her own classroom materials ( there's no money for that). She purchased her own laptop for school ( no money for that either). Her last 2 contracts included a pay freeze and increased costs of health care. Just so we set the record straight : she contributes to her own pension just like I do at work. The people in Strongsville need to look back at what's happening over the last few years : there have been over 100 teachers let go. That brings the average class size way up. There were promises made verbally during the last contract about pay and benefits ( "take cuts now and it will be better next time") that seem to have been forgotten a few years later. I'm not in a union but I understand the teachers' anger when they've been lied to. Volunteer at Strongsville High School for one day and then comment again. It's eye opening.
Myron Shibley February 25, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Will the teachers and their supporters pls stop acting like teachers are "soldiers." My God. We value your profession, but you guys are not putting your lives on the line. Stop your whining about "you try it for a day." Do you know how many people here probably run corporations, manage personalities, keep order, structure, plan meetings, events, etc. and have to do it every single day? Tons. I have so many friends who are private school teachers that LEFT the public schools because of the "woe is me" attitude and the sheep mentality of the teachers union members. You've got it pretty damn good if you would ever come back to reality and stop listening to your fat union boss. I'm glad this is happening...bc now people who had their heads up their @ss or buried in the sand can understand now how badly the public sector unions are ripping off the taxpayers with the funding of their pensions and healthcare costs. There isn't any more money to give you. So PLEASE...go strike. Talk about "oh just wait and see...these kids will tear up any sub that comes in." NOBODY CARES. YOU CAN AND WILL BE REPLACED. It may hurt to hear it, but you are not Nuclear Scientists...there's a whole train of educators behind you wanting jobs. YOU ARE REPLACEABLE. Get over yourselves...no one is at home saying "oh my God honey, if mr. x isn't there to teach bobby, he'll never learn again." Just do it already so we can get the new people in. I'll bring the cake for your goodbye party.
Average Bob February 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Wow Myron. Checkmate.
Jean Williams February 25, 2013 at 07:28 PM
only 15,000 and they wonder why the taxpayers are upset
JIm February 25, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Hate to say it, but this may be an opportunity for the city to start again and bring in people who we can afford. This is just this round... think about the next and the next... and the next... In 15 years, our teachers will be making an average of 100K. That is unacceptable. Maybe we begin again...
charles walton February 25, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Wow, $15,000 raise! What are the teachers thinking? What is the board offering?
MW February 26, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Hey Patty, there's plenty of vicious comments coming from both sides so don't play like you are the Messiah. Don't make it out like the people against the strike are any worse that the union thugs that are just as bad in attempting to coerce people into agreeing with them. BTW, the reason students are becoming more misbehaved and disrespectful is because the degredation of the family unit and the frowning and sometimes illegalization of the discipline of your own child. In other words, sometimes a kid just needs a good a** whooping but in these "politally correct" days, you can be arrested for that and sometimes are.
MW February 26, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Sure, they have the right. And the board also has the right to hire someone to replace them. If they feel they are being underpayed...then go elsewhere, that's their right too. Strongsville teachers are paid roughly $6000 a year more than ALL the surronding suburbs of Strongsville. Simple fact is the City...no, the PEOPLE can not afford it anymore. I know this for a fact...I'm one of them. When you grow up and get a job and buy a house in Strongsville; when you start paying the taxes that pay the teachers salaries, come back and talk then. Until then your comments are noteworthy, but do not lend much credence to the argument at this time.
Jean Williams February 26, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Hey MW as you said "the reason students are becoming more misbehaved and disrespectful is because the degradation of the family unit " actually I blame the transient students occupying the low cost housing on the north end of town. The parents (usually one) move to strongsville to give their (usually unruly ) child a fresh start ( caring parent) unfortunately the child does not appreciate their second chance and again becomes "misbehaved and disrespectful" often not graduating all the while bringing down school testing results ever wonder why chagrin schools test scores are so high (lack of affordable apartments)
lyn February 27, 2013 at 03:11 PM
The district has provided many answers to our questions online: http://www.strongnet.org/cms/lib6/OH01000884/Centricity/Domain/1/Questions%20and%20Answers.pdf
tom m February 27, 2013 at 04:22 PM
a much better teachers salary website http://www.tos.ohio.gov/teacher_salary
Tina Lewis Kozarik February 27, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Don't buy into the untruths & propaganda being disseminated to our children in the classrooms. The district has set up a webpage with lots of great information to answer most, if not all, of your questions. http://www.strongnet.org/negotiationnews
lyn February 27, 2013 at 04:40 PM
If anyone wants to check out that webpage and info that Tracy and Tina provided in the future, you can find it easily by just going to the Strongsville schools home page and find "negotiation news" there - just click on it and there you are!


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